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April 15, 2016

=With less than a month to go before Election Day on May 10, three candidates in West Virginia’s five-way race for a single supreme court seat have now purchased television ad contracts worth a combined total of at least $274,140, according to an analysis of public FCC records by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice. 

April 6, 2016

A post-Election Day tally of documented spending in Wisconsin’s 2016 Supreme Court race shows total spending rose to at least $4,369,787 in the race for a single seat, according to an analysis of state disclosures and television advertising by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice. 

April 2, 2016

 WASHINGTON, DC,  April 2  – With more than a month to go before Election Day on May 10, two candidates in West Virginia’s five-way race for a single Supreme Court of Appeals seat have now purchased television ad contracts worth a combined total of at least $148,870, according to an analysis of public FCC records by Justice at Stake.

March 31, 2016

With less than a week to go before Election Day on April 5, television ad contract buys for the Wisconsin Supreme Court general election have reached at least $1,964,706. That brings total TV contract spending for the entire race to at least $2,688,306, according to an analysis of public FCC records by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice.

March 31, 2016

 Justice at Stake Board Chair Mark Harrison, of  Phoenix, issued the following statement as the Arizona Senate weighed HB 2537 to expand Arizona’s Supreme Court from five to seven members.


March 24, 2016

Justice at Stake Executive Director Susan Liss issued the following statement after a federal court sentenced former Arkansas Judge Michael Maggio, who was convicted of bribery in a case arising from campaign donations when Maggio ran for the state Court of Appeals.

March 24, 2016

With less than two weeks to go before the Wisconsin Supreme Court general election on April 5, the left-leaning Greater Wisconsin Committee has started booking TV ad contracts. The buys from GWC have reached at least $265,275, according to an analysis of public FCC records by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice. Ads are slated to start airing March 28.

March 21, 2016

Justice at Stake Executive Director Susan Liss issued the following statement today, in response to the Kansas state Senate’s action  to advance a  bill, SB 439, that creates an expansive list of grounds on which state Supreme Court justices may be impeached.

March 16, 2016

Television advertising for the Wisconsin Supreme Court general election has ramped up quickly as the April 5 election approaches. With both candidates booking broadcast TV ad contracts and the Wisconsin Alliance for Reform continuing to purchase ads, TV contract buys for just the general election portion of the race have reached at least $573,145, according to an analysis of public FCC records by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice.

March 16, 2016

Justice at Stake Executive Director Susan Liss issued the following statement upon announcement today of President Obama’s nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court.

March 14, 2016

A radio and TV ad now airing in the Washington, D.C. market targeting a potential Supreme Court nominee, Judge Jane Kelly, copies a pattern long seen in state Supreme Court elections, Justice at Stake noted.

March 11, 2016

With nearly two months to go before Election Day on May 10, television ad contracts worth at least $28,380 have been booked by a candidate in West Virginia’s five-way race for a single Supreme Court of Appeals seat, according to an analysis of public FCC records by Justice at Stake.

March 10, 2016

A Republican primary race for the Ohio Supreme Court has remained quiet, with TV ad contracts booked by a single candidate totaling $87,356, according to an analysis of public FCC records by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice. With days to go before the March 15 primary election, Judge Pat Fischer’s campaign is the only one currently airing ads.

March 8, 2016

With the Wisconsin Supreme Court general election less than a month away on April 5, new television ad contracts worth at least $369,970 have been booked by the conservative Wisconsin Alliance for Reform, according to an analysis of public FCC records by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice.

March 2, 2016

A post-Election Day tally of documented spending in Arkansas’ 2016 Supreme Court race shows total spending rose to at least $1,600,059.55 in a race for two seats, according to an analysis of state disclosures and television advertising by Justice at Stake. 

February 29, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 29 - Justice at Stake Executive Director Susan Liss today attended oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in Williams v. Pennsylvania, in which attorneys for death-row inmate Terrance Williams argued he was denied his right to a fair day in court by the state’s then-Chief Justice Ronald Castille, who had campaigned for election to the bench on a “tough-on-crime” record as Philadelphia’s top prosecutor. 

February 26, 2016

Candidates and outside groups have poured $1,290,380 into television ads in the lead-up to the March 1 election for two seats on the Arkansas Supreme Court, according to an analysis of public FCC records by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice. The previous annual total for TV spending in an Arkansas Supreme Court election was $450, 320 (also for two seats), which was set in 2010, according to estimates by Kantar Media/CMAG. Two national interest groups and three out of four candidates are airing ads.

February 25, 2016

On Monday, residents of Cleveland, Ohio will see the first television ads in the state’s Republican primary for the Ohio Supreme Court. The ads will support candidate Pat Fischer, a current court of appeals judge. With just under three weeks to go before the state’s Supreme Court primary on March 15, Fischer’s campaign has signed contracts for at least $54,470 in TV advertising.


February 22, 2016

With Election Day just over one week away, total spending on TV ad contracts in Arkansas’ Supreme Court race has passed the $1 million mark. According to an analysis of public FCC records by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice, the figure now stands at $1,011,105 (for two seats). 

February 19, 2016

Justice at Stake Executive Director Susan Liss issued the following statement today, in response to the Kansas state Senate Judiciary Committee’s advancement of a bill, SB 440, that enumerates multiple offenses for which certain state court judges may be removed.

February 18, 2016

With just under two weeks to go before Election Day on March 1, total spending on TV ad contracts in Arkansas’ Supreme Court race exceeds the state’s previous TV spending record by more than $300,000.

February 17, 2016

Justice at Stake Executive Director Susan Liss issued the following statement today, in response to the political controversy surrounding the nomination of a successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

February 17, 2016

A final tally of television ad spending in the Wisconsin Supreme Court primary shows TV ad contracts topped out at $723,600 according to an analysis of public FCC records by Justice at Stake.

February 13, 2016

Justice at Stake Interim Executive Director Liz Seaton issued a statement today in response to the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:

February 12, 2016

With the Wisconsin Supreme Court primary days away on Feb. 16, combined television ad spending among candidates and special-interest groups has surpassed $710,000, according to an analysis of public FCC records by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice.

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